Scammers are using the notorious Phorpiex botnet as part of an ongoing "sextortion" scheme, according to Check Point researchers. At one point, the botnet was sending out over 30,000 spam emails an hour and the attackers made about $110,000 in five months, researchers say.
Organizations are accepting that the network perimeter no longer serves as the "ultimate defense" and thus adapting zero-trust principles, including least privilege, based on the understanding that they may already have been compromised, says Darran Rolls of SailPoint.
Robotic process automation aims to use machine learning to create bots that automate high-volume, repeatable tasks. But as organizations tap RPA, they must ensure they take steps to maintain data security, says Deloitte's Ashish Sharma.
Code reuse kills - software quality, that is, according to a new study of C++ code snippets shared on Stack Overflow that were reused in more than 2,800 GitHub projects. But there's help for organizations that want to support their developers' urge to cut and paste prewritten code snippets.
"Cyberattacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today," reads gaming company Zynga's data breach notification, thus breaking the first rule of crisis management: Own your mistakes. Hacker Gnosticplayers claims the company was still storing passwords using outdated SHA1.
Delayed enforcement of the "strong customer authentication" requirements for online transactions under the European Union's PSD2 regulation is hampering efforts to enhance security. That's why the European Banking Authority should act quickly to develop a new timeline.
The city of Baltimore's ransomware outbreak - $18 million in costs and counting - led to many crypto-locked files being lost forever, because no IT policy mandated centralized file backups. But effective IT solutions exist to help solve this challenge, provided they're deployed in advance of an attack.
Artificial intelligence technologies that provide surveillance capabilities can have upsides as well as downsides. Unfortunately, as developers and governments rush to experiment, security, privacy, data protection and liability questions remain unanswered.
Ahead of the release of Edward Snowden's memoirs chronicling his decision to bring illegal "big data" domestic U.S. surveillance programs to light, a former NSA intelligence specialist points out that the U.S. still lacks a whistleblowing law to protect intelligence workers who spot illegal activity.
Because banks, fintech firms, merchants and payments processors in the EU have struggled to meet the Sept. 14 deadline for compliance with the new PSD2 "strong customer authentication" requirements for electronic payments, it may take a while for European consumers to notice authentication changes.
Cybercriminals are "upping their game" by stealing and then auctioning off on the dark web administrative access credentials to healthcare organizations' clinician and patient portals, says Etay Maor of IntSights.
Paige A. Thompson, who prosecutors allege hacked into Capital One's network to access millions of credit card applications, has pleaded not guilty to federal computer crime charges. Her tentative trial date is Nov. 4.
With widespread use of Active Directory across industries and organizations of all sizes, it is frequently a target for bad actors who can use a cracking dictionary or exposed credentials to gain unauthorized access to an employee's account.
Applying a "zero trust" model is fast becoming essential for organizations as the mobile workforce uses a variety of devices to access applications and services running in-house and with external providers, says Duo Security's Jaret Osborne.